Huskies Rally To Beat San Diego State, 8-5

March 2, 2003

LANCASTER, Calif. - The Washington baseball team scored three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth torally for an 8-5 win over San Diego State Sunday in the final game of the Clash of theConferences at Lancaster Municipal Stadium. The UW went 2-1 in the tournament.

Washington, which evened its record at 6-6 on the season, trailed 5-1 before coming back.

The Huskies entered the eighth behind, 5-4. A Kyle Larsen single and a Mike Wagnerdouble put runners at second and third with one out and SDSU reliever Chris Hartshorncame on to face DH Chad Boudon, who grounded a ball to short. An errant throw fromshortstop James Guerrero allowed Larsen to score and Boudon to reach first.

Taylor Johnson followed with single, driving in Wagner with the go-ahead run andBoudon scored all the way from first when second baseman Peter Stonard bobbled a relaythrow from the outfield. After a popout and an Aaron Hathaway single, second basemanGreg Isaacson singled to send home Johnson and Washington led, 8-5.

Closer Will Fenton (1-0), who worked two and two-thirds innings, earned the victory,striking out five (including three in the ninth) as Husky pitchers fanned a total of 17 Aztecsin the game.

Washington scored the game's first run in the third inning. Third baseman John Otnesssingled to lead off. He moved to second on a Brent Lillibridge bunt and scored whenshortstop Tila Reynolds dropped a single down the right field line.

San Diego State (6-10) used the two Husky errors to post four unearned runs in the fifthinning. With two on and two out, Guerrero bounced a slow roller to third. Otness taggedthe runner going to third, but dropped the ball in the process to keep the inning alive.

Stonard followed with a single to drive in two runs. Then, Jake McLintock lofted a ball toleft field that fell in off the glove of Wagner for a three-base error, allowing two more runsto score, giving SDSU a 4-1 lead. Washington entered the game having committed onlyfive errors in 11 previous games.

The Huskies rallied in the seventh, drawing to within a run. Wagner singled and scored onan errant throw after Johnson dropped a bunt towards third. Otness followed with a two-run single and San Diego State's lead was cut to 5-4.

Husky starter Jeff Petersen didn't figure in the decision despite not allowing an earned run.He gave up only two hits and struck out a career-high 10 batters over his five innings ofwork. Junior tranfer reliever Trent Baysinger, who had started his UW career by notallowing a run in his first 10 and one-third innings, had the stretch broken aftersurrendering a run in the seventh.

Aztecs freshman starter Ben Coon (1-1), who allowed only one run on four hits over thefirst six innings, suffered the loss, giving up a total of six runs.

Next weekend, the Huskies return home to Husky Ballpark as Washington State comes toSeattle for a three-game, non-conference series. Friday night's series opener starts at 6:30p.m. while Saturday and Sunday, game time is 1:00 p.m. Games two and three of theseries are slated to air on KKNW AM-1150, pending conflicts with UW women'sbasketball broadcasts.

LINESCOREWashington 8, San Diego State 5San Diego St.     000 040 100 -- 5  6 3Washington        001 000 34x -- 8 12 3Ben Coon, Chris Hartshorn (8), Ryan Heil (8) and Josh Allen. Jeff Petersen,Trent Baysinger (6), Will Fenton (7) and Jefferson Thiel, Aaron Hathaway (7). W - Fenton(1-0). L - Coon (1-0). 2B - UW, Mike Wagner. T - 3:04. A - 325. Records: SDSU 6-10,UW 6-6.
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